558th

Tactical

Fighter Squadron

 



 

Lineage

558th Tactical Fighter Squadron, constituted, and activated, on 17 Apr 1962. Organized on 25 Apr 1962. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1970.

Assignments

Tactical Air Command, 17 Apr 1962; 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, 25 Apr 1962–31 Mar 1970 (attached to 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, 9 Mar–9 Jun 1965; 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, 3 Feb–22 Jul 1968).

Stations

MacDill AFB, FL, 25 Apr 1962–Nov 1965 (deployed at Naha AB, Okinawa, 9 Mar–9 Jun 1965); Cam Ranh Bay AB, South Vietnam, c. 14 Nov 1965–31 Mar 1970 (deployed at Kunsan AB, South Korea, 3 Feb–22 Jul 1968). 

Aircraft

F–4, 1963–1970.

Operations

Combat in Southeast Asia, 19 Nov 1965–31 Jan 1968 and 22 Jul 1968–10 Mar 1970. 

Honors

Vietnam: Vietnam Defensive; Vietnam Air; Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter Spring, 1970. 

DecorationsAir Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 13 Nov 1965–30 May 1966; 1 Jun 1966–31 May 1967; 1 Jun 1967–31 May 1968; 1 Jun 1968–31 May 1969; 1 Jun 1969–31 Mar 1970. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 15 Oct 1965–31 Mar 1970.     


Tail Code:  XD & XT

Aircraft:  F-4C  

Vietnam Service:  11/65 - 1/68& 7/68 - 3/70

Mig Kills:  0


F-4C 64-0739 of the 558th TFS  First in the Refueling Line

The Refueling Process

They taxied into the fuel pits after coming back from a mission and if you could keep the pilot in the cockpit long enough the first thing the crew chief did was fold the wings while the aircraft was still running, then you helped the Pilot and WSO out of the cockpits and installed the safety locks
while refueling, check the underside of the aircraft for fuel leaks (bullet holes), no leaks, finish fueling and tow back to revetment where the loaders were usually waiting with the next load.---sonny

The fuel was stored in above ground fuel bladders.  A second line of aircraft could be refueled in a line to the right of the refueling equipment.  ---webmaster


Triple 6 up on jacks after a wheels-up landing


558th TFS #777 Fully Loaded and Ready for the Next Mission
#703 Up on the Barrels
 
   
   
   

The majority of the Information on this page is from the USAF Historical Research Agency: http://www.maxwell.af.mil/au/afhra/

558th Patch courtesy of Ronald Van Der Krogt


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